Today’s students will have to compete against the world. Will your degree compete with you?

In the 1980s and ‘90s, university graduates could look with some confidence at their future career path.

Australia was riding a global economic bubble and anyone who wanted a job seemed to be able to get one.

The picture for students graduating into tomorrow’s workplace is a much more challenging one.

With more universities around the world than there were 25 years ago, there are more graduates then ever.  

And, with more open international borders than ever before, there are more and more graduates searching for a career start in more places.

The workforce is becoming more and more global. And more crowded.

Career opportunities are not as easily landed. And, once landed, the price of promotion can often be time spent internationally.

The good news, for younger Australians looking for an edge in an uncertain future, education is still a pathway to financial success and a certain level of creature comfort.

As long as you choose a degree which will prepare you for success on a global stage.

While many public universities point to their alumni who have succeeded in Australia, smaller private institutions like the Melbourne Institute of Technology are boasting of the success of their students both locally and globally.

This is partly because of the international nature of the student cohort.

MIT has a smaller campus and students are encouraged to network across traditional cultural boundaries.

The quality of the degree is backed by government accreditation. Bit, it’s not just the knowledge that matters, it’s well you can apply that knowledge which will count in a future career. And smaller institutions are able to provide greater support for students who may struggle with an idea which will, one day, become crucial to their advancement.

These extra levels of support, proven through easier access to academics and more accessible staff, are why smaller tertiary institutions (like MIT) are helping students better prepare to compete and succeed. Locally. And on a global stage.

The global workforce might be more and more crowded.

But, if you get the right support from the right people, there are still opportunities to get noticed.